21 June 2021
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Let's not talk about bitrate today. Let's talk about what happened on 21 June 2021. All 12 transponders from Measat 3 went "disappeared"?
I blind scan all frequencies on my satellite receiver earlier, and I was pretty shocked to see that all transponders from 10982MHz until 11682MHz have "appeared missing
". Missing, as in, No signal at all.
Credit: izwanikhsan11.7-11.9GHz is now used for SD & HD channels
So what I found out is, all SD and HD channels that were used to be on Measat 3 Ku band
, has been migrated to the high Ku band range (11.7-11.9GHz)
, except a few handful of channels
To most people, it shouldn't be an issue. But some users may face technical problems on its reception. These are some examples of scenario:
- For customers in apartment/condo/buildings that connects to the building's centralise antenna, and it is known that it doesn't support Ultra Box / haven't upgrade to DCSS, you won't be able to receive channels from 11.7-12.75GHz.
- PVR box users that uses Single Universal LNB, yet you use a two-way splitter to split into 2 cables to connect to the INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 ports respectively, be aware that you will experience signal conflicts when recording/watch SD and HD channels from now on.
- Ultra Box users that connects to Single Universal LNB on the satellite dish (didn't change to DCSS LNB due to some reasons), you won't be able to receive channels from 11.7-12.75GHz.
If you are affected by some of the example scenarios above, and wish to know more technical details, do reply this post on what you want to know and the solutions (cuz the explanation would be too technical and boring). Not all channels have been recovered so far...
Astro couldn't easily accommodate all SD and HD channels into 11.7-11.9GHz range, so they have to de-prioritise some channels for the time being.
So in the meantime, channels like CH 780, 321, 400, 515, 516, 517, 610, 619 appear as SCNA (no satellite signal). Of course there are many more, especially NJOI Free SD viewers. So, Measat 3 satellite suddenly "out of service"?
Later on, it has come to my knowledge that what appears to happen is, the Measat 3 satellite itself were suddenly "out of service" earlier afternoon?
- India satellite pay-TV provider, Sun Direct, also experienced many TV channels having No Signal this afternoon. Sun Direct also uses Measat 3 satellite for some of its channels.
- All Measat 3's C band TV channels gone off air (no signal), and most of the channel providers that distributes TV channels on Measat 3 satellite, have been migrated to other satellite (e.g. Asiasat 5 or Measat 3a) so that viewers around SEA region will still be able to watch the TV channels, such as One, History, Crime+Investigation. Not sure if this is temporary or permanent. RIP Measat 3 satellite?
So it seems to me that, if Measat fails to resume Measat 3 satellite operations as usual, therefore....
12 December 2006 - 21 June 2021?
Measat 3 satellite is about 14.5 years old this year, and the expected operational lifespan of the satellite is also 15 years.
But Measat haven't announce anything yet, so I'm not sure is it even related or not... So just take it just for reference purposes ya...
Back in early 2020, Thailand's satellite company, Thaicom announced that one of their satellite, Thaicom 5 faced some abnormalities, which causes no satellite signal to viewers as a result.
The satellite were eventually retired and discontinued operations. As a result, one of Thailand's pay TV provider, True Visions, is affected too, and carried out unplanned satellite frequency changes which could impact some viewers: https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...entry95503646
Thanks for sharing this kind of knowledge... I just curious why must using satellite to broadcast channel instead of Broadband streaming like HongKong-NOW E, Singapore-Starhub, Taiwan-hamivideo . It is because satellite costing is cheaper?